There is nothing more essential in people’s lives than their own home, a shelter where we can feel safe and valued. A place made to measure, or that we can transform to make it truly ours. That is actually the reason why homes are not all the same. They will depend on their size, their geographic location, whether they are a house, a flat or a cottage… However, a home should ensure the autonomy of the persons who inhabit it and, by extension, the one of their visitors.

From Manusa, we want to promote the creation of accessible homes, so we give some advice below about how it is possible to live in a home suitable for any type of resident or guest.

Arriving at the building

An accessible home starts from the very arrival at it, so we need to have a home with a clear and noticeable number scheme for every possible user. Controlling the colour of the house numbers, or including a possible inscription in Braille on the wall can be really useful for a certain number of visitors with any kind of visual disability.

Besides, when our visit stands in front of our home, we should avoid any problem he or she may have when ringing at the door, so an ideal height of the doorbell or video intercom will be essential.

Easy access

If there are any stairs to enter our building, an alternative way will be required, either ramps or lifts. These alternative ways, as well as the doors we may install, should have a minimum width of 1.5m, to make possible to manoeuvre with a wheelchair in a wide enough space.

In order to avoid any problem in dealing with doors, the installation of automatic doors is always recommended. From Manusa, we suggest the installation of all the accessories that best fit your accessing needs: contactless keys, interior switches, touchless switches…

A totally accessible interior

Leaving aside the need for ramps or lifts to move freely from one floor to another, even if any person with special needs lives in the place, it is recommended that rooms such as the living room, the kitchen or the bathroom are located at the ground floor. This will make any person with special needs that does not live in the place feel comfortable, because he or she will be able to have everything necessary at their disposal in the same floor.

Besides, the use of interior automatic doors of 1.5m wide is highly recommended for dividing rooms. Thanks to them, we will be prevented from the issues generated by manual doors.

Another obliged requirement for having a fully accessible home is removing any kind of wire or change of height on the floor at ground level, in order to avoid any tumble.

Finally, a special adaptation of rooms such as the kitchen, bathrooms or bedrooms will be essential to achieve a place with no architectural barriers.